Miami Gets a Glow-Up, Just in Time for Super Bowl LIV


With all eyes on Miami as we gear up for Super Bowl LIV, it’s easy to forget how far our city has come since we hosted the game in 2010.

From new transit options and museums, to stadium upgrades and soaring skyscrapers, few cities have seen this much change in the span of just ten years.

The arrival of football’s biggest game has thrust this progress into the spotlight, with national media ranging from Forbes to the O.C. Register reporting the story.

We’re looking back at some of the most transformative projects that have come to life over the last decade, tracing their progress from rendering to reality.

Hard Rock Stadium

Rendering courtesy of Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl LIV will mark Miami’s record-setting 11th game, and that’s thanks in large part to the upgrades that have unfolded at Hard Rock Stadium. The venue debuted in 1987 and has stayed fresh over 30-plus years thanks to ownership’s continued investment. The most noticeable addition is a 14-acre canopy that protects 92% of seats from the sun, rain, and wind, while still allowing for the natural-grass field to get all the sunlight and water it needs to maintain perfect playing conditions.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Rendering by /Reality image by Ra Haus

Dominating the Downtown skyline is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The museum covers a vast 250,000 square foot space and was built with sustainability at its core, thanks to its design team at Grimshaw Architects. The space includes a 500,000 gallon aquarium and a state of the art planetarium in which a series of exhibits showcase the Earth’s natural wonders — both on the surface and in the sky. The museum has been a hit, welcoming 1 million visitors in its first 13 months.

Grove at Grand Bay

Rendering by Terra  Group/ Reality by Rasmus Hjortshoj
Known locally as the “Twisted Sisters,” Grove at Grand Bay is a new ultra-luxury condominium development that has led the revitalization of Miami’s oldest village, Coconut Grove. Developed by Terra Group and designed by renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, Grove at Grand Bay has become an instant Miami icon.

Paramount at Miami Worldcenter

If your search for luxury residences in Miami hasn’t been satisfied yet, you won’t have to look any further than Paramount Miami Worldcenter. Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, Paramount is the signature tower at the 27-acre, $4 billion Miami Worldcenter project, which includes retail, hospitality, residential, and commercial development, and is within walking distance of every major source of public transportation Miami has to offer.

Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre is the newest and most appealing destination for three-levels worth of shopping, dining, and entertainment. The project spans three blocks and is another gem in Miami’s efforts to build sustainable yet beautiful landmarks. The elevated trellis – in other words, the wavy roof – actually acts as an environmental management system, which naturally improves the climate of the space through shading and ventilation.

Brickell Flatiron

Reality by Golden Dusk Photography

If all of the exciting additions to Miami have you considering a second home here, one option should be the newly-opened Brickell Flatiron. Developed by Ugo Colombo and designed by Luis Revuelta, this luxury residential building pays homage to the historic Flatiron Building in Manhattan, while reinvigorating it with a uniquely Miami style and flair.

Institue of Contempory Art Miami (ICA)

Rendering by Institue of Contemporary Art Miami/ Reality by Iwan Baan
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is one of the newest additions to Miami’s art scene. Opened in December 2017 in the Miami Design District, ICA provides a platform for established and emerging artists from around the world — and around the corner. The building was designed by Spain’s Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos who came up with the intricate metal facade which is meant to act in ways like a magnet by drawing people in with its unique and elegant geometric shapes. Best of all, admission is free everyday!

Miami Baywalk 

As one of the legacy projects that will endure long after the Super Bowl’s final whistle, the addition of 46 LED lights along the Downtown Miami waterfront will create a beloved amenity serving Miami residents and visitors for years to come. The project was made possible through a collaboration between the NFL, Super Bowl Host Committee, Miami Downtown Development Authority and the City of Miami.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Rendering by Herzog & de Meuron/ Reality by Daniel Azoulay photography
Formerly Miami Art Museum, PAMM’s new home opened in 2014 on a bayfront site in Museum Park (now Maurice Ferre Park). The 200,000 square foot campus designed by Herzog & de Meuron is home to an impressive collection of international modern and contemporary art. The museum is also home to hanging gardens and dining spaces that turn PAMM into a multi-functional space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Brightline / Virgin Trains

Rending by Brightline
Traveling across South Florida has never been easier, thanks to the launch of Brightline’s inter-city rail service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Next stop: Orlando, as the service looks to expand its reach over the coming years.